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Starling Spectacular Tour - 3 Days

Starling Spectacular Tour

This one-and-a-half-day tourincludes two visits to one of the greatest natural spectacles in the British Isles: the nightly murmurations of up to half a million Starlings as they arrive to roost in the reeds. If the conditions are right, the skies can darken as first one group arrives to roost, then another and another. The sky is full of the largest swarm of birds you have ever seen – turning one way then the next. The murmurations of Starlings on a crisp winter sun-down are the stuff of legend.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival Walls Farm

Arrive Walls Farm by 2.00pm settle in to your comfortable cottage accommodation. After a cup of tea we will head off for an afternoon visit to RSPB’s reserve Ham Wall to hopefully view the spectacular display of up to one million starlings in a murmuration prior to their roost in the reed beds. This is truly one of nature’s most spectacular aerobatic displays, and if a passing Peregrine or Marsh Harrier shows up it gets even more tasty. In the evening a Welcome Dinner will be served in Walls Farm in the evening with your hosts Stephen, Graeme and Kay Mitchell to brief you about our planned birdwatching excursions.

Day 2
Day 2 - Steart Marshes & RSPB Greylake

Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, cereal, yoghurts, bread, muesli homemade preserves all provided in your accommodation for you to prepare. Morning visit Steart Marshes near Bridgwater. This is a wonderful site with good hides, good birds and good loos. Many thousands of lapwing and golden plover overwinter here along with many differing duck species. A good place too for spotting peregrine and merlin. We will continue to the coast at Wall Common to look for curlew, dunlin and other shore birds. We will return inland to West Sedgemoor to look for our Somerset Cranes. While they are jolly big birds they can prove very elusive in this vast landscape - but we’ll give it a go. Light pub lunch will be included. A quick stop at RSPB Greylake is always good in winter with thousands of ducks close up to the hide with many snipe and often godwits to be seen. Depending on our success the previous evening at Ham Wall we may return if conditions are better or alternatively visit one of the other bird reserves on the Levels. Return to Walls Farm by about 5.30pm. The evening will be a relaxed affair with an informal supper and good conversation about birding adventures past, present and future .

Day 3
Day 3 - Breakfast & Departure

Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread muesli, home-made preserves provided Morning visit Cheddar Reservoir for ducks such as Goldeneye, Goosander, Pochard and a huge number of over-wintering Coots. We then may visit Cheddar Gorge itself for dipper, grey wagtail and a nice drop of cheese before a quick visit to a local wood (time permitting). Return to Walls Farm by around 12.30 when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included)

What is included?

  • Expert ornithological guiding throughout
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome dinner with wine and canapes
  • Informal supper
  • Breakfast baskets
  • Teas/coffees and additional refreshments as stated on your confirmed itineraries
  • Entrance to all birdwatching sites

What is not included?

  • Air fair
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Tips

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3 Days

Price & Availability

GBP499 / per person
This tour is operated by: Somerset Birdwatching Holidays

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Tour Facts

  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 px
  • 2.5 days
  • Nov - Jan
  • +15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Heathrow Airport
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